I’m going to drown you people with blogs. I hope you’re ready for this….
At least today. I’m sure they’ll start dwindling as the days progress. I’m eventually going to get mad about that bucket of chicken.
Here are my rules for my weight loss.
1. No getting mad at myself if I fall off the wagon.
If one day I decide to eat that bucket of chicken in one sitting with a gallon of extra sweet, sweet tea watching reruns of my 600-Pound life crying like a two year old. I will not get mad at myself. I’ll just dust off the chicken crumbs, throw away the tea jug, stop watching that show (it makes me cry every time) and move on to the next day. Tomorrow is always a new day…
2. I will NOT keep anything from my diet.
I see a lot of people fail because they decide that they can not eat bread, pasta, rice, sugar (I barely eat this anyway), cakes, pies, etc. So they pull it from the house and their daily consumption. Here is what I learned the first time around: if I take something away and tell myself I’m not allowed to eat it. I’m going to eat it. And I’m going to eat a lot of it. So, if I tell myself that I can have it, I’ll still eat it. But I’m going to eat it reasonably. So, if I want a piece of birthday cake – I’ll eat it. Although, I don’t eat much sweets which makes me a weird fat person. I make it up elsewhere, don’t worry.
3. Exercise is a must.
So what? I only get in twenty minutes one day. I won’t hate myself for that either. I’m going to take that 20 minutes & be proud of myself. (Went for a walk this morning and realized it only took me 20 minutes – I was aiming for at least 30. I guess I walked too fast.) Some doctors and specialists say that 20 minutes a day is perfect.
4. Have a cheat day!
Some say a cheat day detours you. I don’t agree. I’m also not a doctor or specialist – just a fat person trying to not fail. When I pulled off the 50 pounds in three or four months I gave myself a cheat day. It was payday and I would take myself to the Chinese place a couple towns over. I eventually stopped going and did it less. (I get paid bi-weekly.) But I left that option there because it’s the only thing I find myself craving.
5. Give in to your cravings.
It sounds kind of weird. But.. if you crave it. Eat. It. If have a craving for something and tell yourself you can’t have it you’re going to be eating any & everything you can to fill that void. So ladies, if you’re craving chocolate. Eat it. Just don’t eat the whole candy bar. It’s possible, I promise.
6. Be lazy.
I toyed with this one for a while. I always figured if you want to lose weight you can’t just sit & do nothing. You always have to be up && doing something. But when I realized that I am allowed to do nothing & just watch television, I was able to stay on track better. You look at a lot of the well built people – body builders – gym goers… they always seem to be doing something. So why can’t I find something to do? Sometimes you just don’t have anything to do. (Keep in mind you get exercise by doing household chores. Laundry. Dishes. Sweeping. Vacuuming. Playing with your children.)
7. Take a breather.
Don’t be stupid and over do it. Your body will tell you how far and how much you’re able to do. Don’t be stupid and go too far, too long, and kill yourself. That’s pretty much more dangerous than being overweight.
8. Eat your pizza.
This seems to be the one thing people hate giving up besides cheese, of course. Don’t give it up. Eat it. Just don’t go crazy. If you’re like me and cannot get full off of two to three slices… add a salad. Yum! Who doesn’t love salad? Stop looking at me like that. Eat a salad along with those two to three slices. Yes, it’s a lot of calories, but so is the food you’re going to eat trying to fill that pizza void. Just eat it.
9. Don’t do it alone.
I’m not saying put everyone in your house on a diet. What I am saying is to cook for everyone the same way. There is absolutely nothing wrong with cooking better for other people. Switching out baked fried chicken for oil fried chicken is healthy for everyone. Having a turkey burger rather than a beef burger.. chicken rather than steak. I mean, hey! If you can make them fried chicken && not eat as much of it, all power to you! I can eat one piece and walk away. But I’m weird. :)
10. Don’t expect a miracle.
You didn’t put the weight on in one day no matter what you think. It took years to get to the weight you’re at and you cannot expect to pull it off in one day or one week. Or even one month. Give yourself realistic goals and set them for yourself. Realistic means something you know you can accomplish. Don’t tell everyone that you’re going to pull off 100 pounds in six months. Logically that is dumb. You’re only supposed to lose 2-3 pounds a week, that’s only 8-12 pounds a month. Stop setting yourself up for disappointment!
Some after thoughts:
Drink water. Don’t get me wrong I will not give up soda, fact – I have a 2 liter diet cherry diet pepsi in my kitchen. However, now instead of drinking a 2 liter in one day I can now make it stretch to at least a week. I have put in more water in my diet because it’s good for you. Don’t like straight water? Crystal Light! I freaking LOVE crystal light. Especially the pink lemonade & cherry limeade.
Keep a food diary. I have an app on my phone called FitnessPal. It’s easy to use, quick, and I absolutely enjoy the app. I also use one called Runtastic for exercising purposes. It took me a few minutes to figure out but once you do it’s great! I have looked at other apps thinking maybe there was a better one, but I haven’t found one that I like more than the two I have.
Explore with seasonings when cooking. You can make any and everything taste fantastic when you find seasonings that you like.
Find a hobby. One of the problems I found I was having with losing weight is that I wasn’t thinking about anything ever other than food. It was literally my first thought when I woke up, every thought during the day, and last thought before going to sleep. Until I was around nineteen when I realized my food habits is in fact a problem and I found a hobby – which anyone who has followed me for a while knows it’s writing. So now, my first, middle & last thought of the day is writing. What to write about? How to write it? When will I write it? Who is going to read it? Who might like it? I find myself lately only thinking about food when I’m laying in bed (when I’m too lazy to get up and eat) or when I am hungry. Or when it’s time for medication. Plus, I read somewhere from a specialist, I don’t remember where or when, but it said the urge to eat/snack/pack fried chicken in your face only lasts about ten minutes. Once you get past the ten minute mark, usually you don’t have the urge to eat anymore. Is it true? I don’t know, I usually get angry when I don’t eat. I’m working on that.
If I can give any advice right now to anyone. It will always be “don’t be afraid to eat”. I get it, whatever you put in your mouth stays. I understand that. I’ve fought weight issues all my life and up until lately I didn’t realize there are simple things you can do to fix it. SIMPLE. When you become afraid to eat you lose all power you have over food. It wins. && you cannot let it win. You have to be the one who wins over it. Right now it has a lot of power over you && once you realize why, or how… you can become victorious!
You’re probably thinking.. what gives you any right to tell me how to fix something when you are still overweight yourself. Well… stay put, walk with me and follow along… and I will prove it to you && actually tell you what I eat and how many calories it is. I will tell you how I feel afterwards, and everything. I promise to prove to you everything I will say works for me. &&&& I honestly feel like it would work for you to.
Keep wishing me luck!